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Soccer drills and skills

This season, never hunt around for a fresh soccer drill again. Get proven and easy to use drills for all groups and abilities with Soccer Coach Weekly. As a coach, it is your job to give your team the skills and technique to be great players.

The soccer drills in this section will help you coach your players in the core skills of the game. We’ll tell you what to look out for, how to get the ideas over to your players, and we’ll give you games and exercises to really power-up their skills.
 

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How to coach crossing and switching drills- part 1

Cross town traffic

in Passing, Practice plans

Tearing an opposition defence apart is exciting and can be done especially well on the wing. But what can you do if the wing is blocked? Cross the ball to the other side and create chaos there instead. MORE

How to coach defending under pressure drills- part 1

Hold the line

in Defending, Practice plans

It is the last minute of a cup final and your team is 1-0 up. The opposition is firing long balls and crosses into your penalty area. Can your team remain calm and clear the danger? MORE

How to coach players to keep the ball on the deck - part 1

Keep it on the deck

in Passing, Practice plans

Retaining possession of the ball by passing it along the ground in all areas of the pitch requires courage and good technique, but as Spain has proved in recent tournaments, it can be a blueprint for success. MORE

Split the circle

in Attacking, Passing

Creative play in and around the final third needs players to see opportunities to get the ball through to attackers behind the defence. This session helps develop their passing vision MORE

How to develop individuals

in Email newsletters, Small Sided Games

Using questions and giving challenges is an important part of your coaching style and can have an impact on player learning and understanding of your coaching sessions. When you use questions make sure you don’t immediately tell the answer or if it is a question to the group don’t always pick the player who puts... MORE

All out attack

in Attacking, Small Sided Games

If you want to score more goals when playing at home, use this training session to teach your players how to attack all-out. This session is all about copying the attacking style of Manchester City MORE

How to coach attackers to shoot - part 1

Hot shots

in Practice plans, Shooting

Your attackers will have a better chance of beating the opposition goalkeeper if they strike the ball first time. A goalkeeper or defence is less likely to be ready to deal with such a shot and this could result in more goals for your team. MORE

How to coach midfield pasing drills- part 1

Midfield maestro

in Midfield, Practice plans

Arsenal and Barcelona are excellent examples of teams that play composed football through their Midfield Maestros (Fabregas, Nasri, Wilshere, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets). This session will help your team launch attacks through the middle of the pitch. MORE

The final ball

in Attacking, Passing

This training session gives your creative midfielder the chance to play lots of good passes into your striker. When opponents defend deep, it opens up space outside the box for more creative play. MORE

Where’s the fun in that?

in Blog, Fun soccer games

Young players learn a lot from the environment you create, the words you use and the way you explain the sessions to them. Making sure the atmosphere and the games are fun is key to success in your coaching. MORE

How to coach blocks and tackles - part 1

Block and tackle

in Practice plans, Soccer tackling drills

If your defenders want to be the next John Terry, or Nemanja Vidic, they will need to be able to stop opposition attackers from taking shots at goal. This session will help teach the virtues of blocking shots and tackling players. MORE

How to coach pressure drills- part 1

Nearest adds pressure

in Defending, Practice plans

A good defence will be able to pressure its opposition into making a mistake. The rule of this session is that the nearest player to the ball must go to pressure the opponent in possession. MORE


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